Hillary Clinton Swings For Left Field With First Campaign Speech On Women’s Rights

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Hillary Clinton

In 2004, President Obama electrified the country with his DNC speech in support of John Kerry. He then dazzled us, twice, on the campaign trails with his eloquence and his passion to make the United States a more perfect Union.

Now, as Hillary Clinton seeks to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination, she faces a landscape dominated by such populist rhetoric. So what’s a smart politician to do in her first 2016 campaign speech? Swing for the fence in left field, of course.

Speaking to a group of women in the Women in the World Summit held in Manhattan, Clinton – true to her life’s work – championed the equal rights of women and girls in the United States and beyond:

“It is hard to believe that in 2015 so many women still pay a price for being mothers. It is also hard to believe that so many women are also paid less than many for the same work, with even wider gaps for women of color. And if you don’t believe what I say, look to the World Economic Forum, hardly a hotbed of feminist thought. Their rankings show that the United States is 65th out of 142 nations and other territories on equal pay. We should be No. 1!”

“When women are held back, our country is held back. When women get ahead, everyone gets ahead.”

“Our mothers and sisters and daughters are on the front lines of all of these battles. But these are not just women’s fights. These have to be America’s fights and the world’s fights. We have to take them on, we have to win them together.”

Everyone who knows of Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments knows of her tireless and renowned fight to bring about justice for women not just here in the United States, but around the globe. Sadly, even in the United States, progress towards this goal is often stalled. But Clinton wasted no time skewering unnamed Republicans who have seemingly made it their mission in life to deny women their rights and freedom:

“We have to have leaders who recognize that the time has come. There are those who offer themselves as leaders who take a very different view. There are those who offer themselves as leaders who see nothing wrong with denying women equal pay. There are those who offer themselves as leaders who woulddefund the country’s leading provider of family planning and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender. There are those who offer themselves as leaders who deport mothers working to give their children a better life rather than face the ire of talk radio. There are those who offer themselves as leaders who would even play politics with the nomination of our nation’s chief law enforcement officer.”

This reminds me of Clinton’s 1995 speech in Beijing, where she proclaimed – in an country with one of the world’s worst records on gender equality – that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, regardless of what country you live in, no matter the scope of oppression. Oppression is not a competition. And who better to understand this than Hillary Clinton? Certainly not Ted Cruz, nor Rand Paul, nor Marco Rubio.

This is a good start for Clinton. While this isn’t the deciding factor (for most) that makes a candidate worthy of our vote, it certainly is an important issue. While women now make up the majority of college enrollees, and inch their way up as the primary breadwinners in households across America, something must be down to show for their accomplishments. Equal pay is one major issue.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info